With a lonely goal by Juan Sánchez, Huachipato defeated Palestino and reached the South American Cup qualification zone. In addition, it broke the streak of the Arab cast of 12 games without knowing of defeats and makes it lose ground in the fight to qualify for the Copa Libertadores, since they were just one point above U.
The first half was not very emotional and neither team managed to impose their terms on the court. It was only in the second half that the steelmakers achieved a locker room goal in the 47th minute. Csar Valenzuela, who has contributed much in the last straight of the championship to the Talcahuano team, handed the ball to Juan Snchez and with a powerful right hand to the corner left Nery Veloso with no options.
After the conquest, Palestino tried to find equality and not avoid losing his undefeated, but the arrivals were few and, those who reached the rival area, ended up leaving the gate of Gabriel Castelln.
With this victory, Huachipato reached seventh place in the tournament with 46 points, remaining in the classification zone for the Copa Sudamericana, but still being able to be surpassed by Cobresal, OHiggins, Santiago Wanderers, all with 44 units.
For its part, the team led by Jos Luis Sierra remained in fourth position with 50 points, beating Universidad de Chile by one unit and Deportes Antofagasta by 2. Precisely, blues and pumas will meet on Saturday and could beat the Arabs in case they don’t win.
For the last date of the tournament, Huachipato will face Everton in Via del Mar, on Sunday at 10:30 a.m., leaving Palestino, in the afternoon, to receive Coquimbo Unido, who arrives as the bottom of the tournament, in one of the four matches played in parallel at 18:00 in search of the teams that will lose the category.
Check how the Standings were with the triumph of Huachipato